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• Such, many years parled, was the character given of Isaiah in one of the most consummate works of criticism : an importe apt work indeed, whether we consider its fubferviency to religion, the supremelt object of human concern. or its reference to poetry, that highest energy of human intellect, that dobleft and loveliest expression of human sentiment and passion, chat last perfection of human language, that furelt embalmer of wisdom for all ages, that art for ever dignified by the practice of the holy prophets, and by the folemn fančtion of the divine Spinit itself; in a few words, that art which can (if any can) along give us the most perfect and attractive image of virtue, and with a sort of God-like faculty fpread before us a fairer order of things, and create (as it were) a new heaven and a new earth to raise our drooping spirits.

We believe the author would find some difficulty in proving that the prophets always expressed themselves poetically, and in explaining to our satisfaction how the art itself has obtained the sanction of the divine Spirit. The latier assertion is an absurdity: the former, if we understand him right, a mistake. If he means that because the prophets used in general a poetic style, that therefore something sacred is annexed to the nature of poetry, the idea is puerile. It might be proved that there is something noble and divine in prole, and equally subservient to religion, by the fame argument; for Chriit spoke, and his apoftles wrote, without any

artificial arrangement of words, or modulation of numbers. In regard to what follows, in the Preface, we heartily concur with the author in the praises bestowed on Dr. Lowth, but do not equally agree with him in other matters ; not so much that we controvert his positions, as that we really do not comprehend them. What connection, for instance, can we find, or what meaning collect, from the following ill-forted sentences ? The wbole chain of argumentation, if we may call it so, seems composed of broken links of hete. rogeneous materials.

• The literary taste of a people must in part be imputed to literary principles, and in this respect we are right or wrong not only from what we commonly do, but from what we commonly read, from the habit of our speculations as well as actions.To be prejudiced, is a disposition to which one is fubject more than is usually suspected, and therefore we too much admire as well as despise the works of antiquity, overlooking the gains as well as lofles of time. It is God-like in many ftances to be pleased with variety, for variety characterises, the worl:s as well as word of God. We too often condemn as wrong what we foald rather say we dilike, and we thence form theories to justify prejudice, and to rivet infrmity on the mind, instead of such as would increase its strength, enlarge its sympathy with whatever excelleney, and dispose is to end courage the advancemeot of laudable things. The works of měn, that are now no more, and which are come down to us 5

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We are forry to observe that, in too many other places where the author aims at being argumentative, he becomes abftrufe ; and where he attempts an elevation of ftyle, he degenerates into bombaft. As a specimen of his poetical abilities we shall give his version of the seven firt verses of the fifty-third chapter, which contains the remarkable prediction of our Saviour's humble appearance on earth, and is probably as interesting and pathetic a passage as any in the prophecies of Ifaiah.

Who (shall he say) hath our report receiv'd ?
And unto whom from heav'n hath been reveal'd
Jehovah's arm? Behold by mortal eyes
Low from the ground he seem'd a shoot to rise
Tender, ill-rooted in a barren earth,

Yea of a mean presentment from his birth. ** In bim por air nor form majestic move

Rey'rence, nor all-attractive beauty love.
Despis'd, and to rejecting scorn a prey,
As one that had not where his head to lay,

Held in th' account of poverty's worst state 2. As shame-funk, woe-begone, and desolate;

13 A man indeed of such supremest grief . As seem'd to human fight beyond relief. " He was 'defpis'd, he was upon our scorn

Caft, yet our frailties all hath kindly borne. *** But though our forrows have his burthen beea,

Still' in our scorn as juftly stricken seen
1. As troubled 'by God's self and smitten, we

With cruel censure point calamity.
-W.Yet not for his offences but our own

He with his forrows pays our fin's vast loan;
For us is wounded, his benign intent

Our peace to purchase with his punishment,
o And with his bruifes heal us, from our way
" Wand'ring afide as careless sheep astray.
Thence hach Jehovah made on him to fall

The fin-wrooght sentence halt ning on us all,
And from us all. exacted, but his grace
Pow'rful came in impleaded in our place.

Then as the lamb approaching flaughter's hand,
W. And as the iheep before the sheerer Itand

Mute, unresitting, thus from revérence meek * This gen'rous victim deems it blame to speak,

And yielding filent to the folemn law':04:

Deigns on his head our morcal doom to draw. The fenfe is here sufficiently dilated; but, we apprehend, the spirt and pathos of the original proportionably diminilhed. In

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some places Mr. Butt has wrote in a more fpirited manner, and conseguently succeeded better ; and we would recommend to him in any future composition, not to be fo poetical in his prose, and to be less prolaic in his verse.

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Abelard to Eloisa : an Epifle. With a new Account of their Lives,

and References to their Original Correspondence. Small 8vo. 6.
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'HIS Epiftle, or rather the sketch of it, appeared in a small

poetical collection, of which we gave some account, vol. Ivii. p. 5. It is now altered and considerably enlarged. We then took notice that the author, 'confidered as an imitator, not a rival, of Pope, appeared in a respectable light ;' and we obferve, with pleasure, that the present poem approaches still nearer to that author's in grace and harmony. As our first opinion was given without any quotation to establish its justice, we shall submit the following in vindication of our sentiments. The first lines allade to the abbey of St. Gildas, in Britanny, from whence Abelard's epiftles are said to be written. The concluding ones, which describe his former affection as re. kindled at the name of Eloisa, mixed with the enthufiaftic sentiments his situation would most naturally be fuppofed to pros duce, are truly beautiful.

• Miltaking man! who thinks in shades to find
The charms that lull the long-impallion'd mind;
Or dreams the cloister'd cell alone secure
From common woes that all his race endure.

“ Ye naked hills, unbless'd by nature's care!
Ye vàles, unconscious of the labouring ihare,
Stretch'd many a league, whence issuing to the day
The shaggy tenant seeks a diftant prey !
Unsightly cliffs, within whose cavern'd fides
Her talon'd young the screaming vulture hides !
Ye seas, that round yon rocky.cinctur'd tower
With sleepless fury vex the midnight hour!
In your despite an absent world retains
Her joyleis faves in fublanary chains,
Or gross debauch, and sullen floth combine,
To check remorfe, and quench the ray divine.
For as the maniac, in his sordid cell,
Will oft on fancy'd thrones and sceptres dwell
So these sad exiles from the social kind
As falsely rate the toys they left behind.

• In vain remonftrance lends her feeble aid,
They scorn the doctrine, and the guide upbraida

And dare that hand assume the pastor's rod?
Behold the frontless delegate of God!
In other climes thy forward zeal be showr.,
And preach where Abelard is yet unknowa ;

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Or banish'd hence to Paraclete remove,
Where maids may melt, and heretics approve."
While keener fome the venom'd fhaft inflame,
And point reproach with Eloisa's name.

: Wild at the found to folitude I fly,
And meet the form familiar to my eye: -
She comes refulgent in her former charms !
The spouse of heaven is render'd to my arms!
Her yoice I hear, on Abelard she calls,
And waves to Paraclete's neglected' walls.
Yet, О forbear! those fatal (miles conceal,
And not the woman, but the faint reveal ;
The clasping hands, the scatter'd locks, display,
And ftreaming tears by angels wip'd away;
The head that bows to mercy's awful frine,
The glance that melts with charity divine.
The grateful burit of penitence forgiven,
And aspect radiant with the beams of heaven!

• Nor this alonessuperior duties claim
Heaven's awful spouse, a mother's sacred name.
Shall earthly parents with preventive fear
Bend o'er the babe that carnal ties endear,
And she alone selected from the rest
To soothe with pious hopes the finner's brealt,
Neglect the talk by Providence aflign'd,
And teave the children of her soul behind ?
Ev'n now, methinks, thy vestal-charge I fee,
Diffolrd in kindred transports caught from thee,
With clearer anthems hail the Saviour's throne,
And pant

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grace with ardours not their own.
That where fecluded nature loves to pour
The limpid save beside the myrtle bower
The rifing walls of Paraclete may fhow
That heavenly comfort deigns to dwell below;
And oft while Hefper leads the starry throng
Æthereal harps the closing strain prolong.

• Frem scenes like those when Eloisa's soul
Aspires in holy trance beyond the pole,
When every mortal care is lullid to reít,
And heaven-plam'd hope expatiates with the bleft,
Say, wilt thou shut for ever from thy fight
Whose presence might alloy the pure delight;
Nor lífi on hallow'd figh, one friendly prayer,
One tender wish to meetrhy lover there?

"And sure when hope with infant hold prepard
To itay the morn of bliss we fondly far’d,
Even reason's self could scarcely find to blame,
So guiltless feem'd the involuntary flame.
Ingenuous arts the tempting hour beguild,
Consenting taste, indulgent fancy fmild;
Vol. LX. July, 1785.

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Severer science join'd the blooming train,
And virtue paus'd at love's enchanting train.

* Alas! that letter'd ease, by heaven design'd
The purest inmate of the feeling mind,
The faireit gift that nature can bestow,
Should prompt the breast with guilty fires to glow!

• Uniouch'd, unsway'd by fortune's base controul,
I prais'd not empty form without a soul;
Fair as thou wert, with more than beauty bright
Thy mental charms diffus'd a stronger light,
And well thou know'st when absent and alone
In gentle verse I made my wishes known,
Content to please, not emulous to shine
The careless numbers flow'd from rapture's Mrine,
Nor once descended to the latterer's part;
Anxious to gain but not corrupt the heart.
Yet haply those, condemn'd to lasting fame,
In future times thall fan the dangerous flame;
To sure deftruction's filken snares engage
The destin'd victims of a distant age;
With cruel mirth the scorner's tale prolong,
And lend new licence to the drunkard's song.

• O treacherous moment, short, and insecure !
O reign of bliss, too powerful to endure !
When first we felt from infant years untry'd
Thro' every nerve the stings of transport glide
No more with melting sounds divinely clear
Those roseate lips must charm thy lover's ear
That open front of animated snow,
Those auburn ringlets taught by love to flow,
The graceful act, in native virtue free,
Despoil'd in youth's unguarded hour by me-
The upbraiding blush- the kind relenting eye
That fummon'd nature to returning joy
The faith which proffer'd crowns had vainly try'd,
And scarce can heaven with Abelard divide,
For ever loft-nor can the world restore
Those fattering scenes that hope shall gild no more.!

MONTHLY CATALOGUE.

POETRY An Invocation to Melancholy.. A Fragment. 4to. THE CHE subject of this performance is capable of high poetical

imbellishments, and the author has sometimes succeeded in their delineation. Like Hotspur, he apprehends a world of bgures,' but they are not in general properly methodised, nor

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